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The Daily Record welcomes letters to the editor and opinion columns on public policy issues that affect Maryland businesses and the legal community. Letters to the editor should be 300 words or less. Columns can be up to 800 words. All are subject to editing for length or clarity. Submissions must include the writer’s name, address and a daytime phone number for confirmation. They can be sent to Editor Thomas Baden Jr. at tbaden@thedailyrecord.com.

To save, you’ve got to spend less

Any financial planning process begins with a change in behavior and expectations. The degree of change varies based on financial priorities, but in the end, it’s about adopting new habits and abandoning others. Before you take any of the following ...

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Internet-fueled entrepreneurs on the rise

I firmly believe that using social media helps to turn people into entrepreneurs. The Internet has leveled the playing field in a lot of ways to make running a business possible for all kinds of people. I’ve been thinking about ...

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Back up the data on your cell phone now!

If you’re like me and haven’t memorized all the important numbers in your cell phone, then this is a good lesson for you. T-Mobile/Sidekick users may have permanently lost all the contacts, photos, calendar entries and any other data in ...

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Transforming a hospital system

It was not an easy birth. The attending physician, a visionary doctor named Albert Farmer, died in the process. Turf battles between opposing forces within the old University of Maryland Hospital produced a kind of fight-to-the death struggle that startled ...

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Grandparent Project helps open door to philanthropy

With the arrival of my third grandchild, I find myself reflecting on the family our Abby is joining, the values that are important to us, and what kind of legacy we want to pass on to her, along with brothers ...

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Lessons from Letterman, ACORN

It’s not often I advise Baltimore’s business community to study a late night comedy show for tips on crisis communications. In fact, I never have … until now. But the crisis besetting CBS’ David Letterman is worth your attention. Here’s ...

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Cyber security: Something every site needs

Gov. Martin O’Malley has declared October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, as has the federal government. What does that mean? Well, according to the governor, it’s necessary to remind all Americans that we need to protect the security of cyberspace ...

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Watch for legal pitfalls of boutique medicine

Earlier this year, the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) issued a report on whether physicians who are operating boutique medical practices are violating Maryland insurance laws by “practicing insurance.” In that report, the MIA made several recommendations to boutique medical practices ...

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Editorial: Release profiling probe data

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals convened in a rare en banc session last week to take up a sensitive case that needs careful attention. After more than 15 years of litigation, it also needs to be resolved as equitably ...

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Of Service: Pro Bono Week highlights ‘best-kept secret’

Recognizing the need for more pro bono participation by private lawyers, the American Bar Association is launching the first National Pro Bono Week, Oct. 25-31. And not just because the economy is in the tank and the numbers of people ...

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